June 5, 2023

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Cluj-Budapest flights resume after a long break

Cluj International Airport announces the launch of regular flights to Budapest (Hungary), a destination that will be operated by the new airline AirConnect, starting from October 15, 2022, with 2 weekly frequencies, every Tuesday and Saturday.

Flights to Budapest will be operated by the airline with ATR 72-600 aircraft, as follows:


Debut period

Days of operation

Operating program

Budapest (BUD)

From October 15, 2022


CLJ 13:05

BUD 13:20

BUD 10:20

CLJ 12:35


CLJ 11:05

BUD 11:20

BUD 08:20

CLJ 10:35

Note: Flight schedule represents local landing/takeoff times

The first flights to Budapest were operated from Cluj International Airport in 1998, and later they were operated intermittently until 2018. After a break of approximately 4 years, the traditional flights to the Hungarian capital are back in operation from the airport Cluj, and from there there will be multiple connection possibilities to Europe, Asia, the Middle East or North America.

Budapest, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Danube” is the capital of some of the most impressive tourist attractions in the region, be they architectural, culinary or artistic, representing one of the most beautiful European cities.

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is Hungary’s main airport and is located approximately 15 kilometers from the city center.

Viorel Federiga, President of the Board of Directors of Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport, sent the following:We appreciate the decision of a new air operator, namely AirConnect, to choose to operate from Cluj-Napoca. The Cluj International Airport remains a development engine of the region and its efforts to increase the connectivity of the region are today realized through this long-awaited route, Budapest, which is back in operation“.

David Ciceo, General Director of the Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport, stated in his turn: “The resumption of direct flights to Budapest from Cluj International Airport is our response to the numerous requests for this flight from passengers. It is a moment they have been waiting for, because Budapest is a traditional destination that perfectly complements the variety of destinations available from the Cluj airport. We are convinced that the flights to the capital of Hungary will continue to enjoy the appreciation of our passengers and those of the entire region served by the Cluj airport. This destination will be popular among people who travel for business purposes as well as tourists, because Budapest is a delightful destination for a city break as well.“.

AirConnect is a new airline established in Romania by private investors, out of the desire to serve the regional market in the area. The company started operations in August 2022, offering domestic flights in Romania, connecting regional airports with nearby hubs and holiday flights (charter) directly from regional airports.

Starting from the summer season of 2023, the airline AirConnect has announced that it will expand its operations at Cluj International Airport and will operate between June 22, 2023 and September 17, 2023, including flights to Constanta, with 2 weekly frequencies, every Thursday and Sunday .

The route network of Cluj International Airport currently offers over 60 regular destinations to 19 countries in Europe and the Middle East, as well as 7 charter flights to the most important tourist destinations.

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